Asplenium aethiopicum (Burm. f.) Bech.
subsp. filare (Forssk.) A.F. Braithw.

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Synonyms: Acrostichum filare Forssk.
Asplenium canariense Willd.
Asplenium filare (Forssk.) Alston
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Status: Native
General description see A. aethiopicum . For subsp. filare fronds up to 55cm, 2-pinnatifid to 2-pinnate, firmly herbaceous; spores globose, spore length/width ratio < 1.4
Derivation of specific name: filare: drawing out in a long line, referring to the long, narrow pinna apices
Altitude range: (metres)
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Arabia and the Canary Islands
Zimbabwe distribution: ?
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Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 646 - 649. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 5.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 161.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 77.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Asplenium aethiopicum subsp. filare., retrieved 19 February 2018

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